Industry People On The Move
Waterways Council Inc. (WCI) promoted Tracy Zea to vice president-government relations. He previously served as WCI’s director-government relations since August 2015.
Zea’s role is to advocate for WCI’s goals for authorizations and appropriations that support a modern, efficient and reliable inland waterway transportation system. He also works to enhance WCI’s stakeholder relationship with the Corps. Zea is responsible for tracking implementation of water resources legislation and ensuring that WCI’s views are reflected in the outcomes.
Prior to joining WCI, Zea served on the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure (T&I) for five years. During his time on the committee, Zea assisted in legislation related to the Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization, Map-21 highway reauthorization, and played an integral role in the enactment of the Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2014.
Before joining the T&I Committee, he worked for Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.). He earned his bachelor’s degree in political science from South Dakota State University.
ABB Marine & Ports has hired Kasey Eckstein, formerly of Marquette Transportation Company, and Dave Lee, formerly of American Commercial Barge Line (ACBL), as senior account managers of new sales.
Eckstein spent more than four years selling dry cargo barge freight and horsepower charters at Marquette. Prior to that, she founded the Women in Maritime Operations (WIMOs) organization to help retain, advance and promote women in the maritime industry. She is currently the organization’s executive director.
Earlier this year, Eckstein was awarded a “40 Under 40” award at the Inland Marine Expo in St. Louis, Mo., for her dedication and contributions to the inland marine industry. She also sits on the board of the Mississippi Valley Trade and Transport Council as its youngest board member.
Prior to spending a year at ACBL’s liquid sales division, Lee worked for five years at Jeffboat. He has been an advocate of diesel-electric propulsion prior to joining ABB, where he will work with Eckstein to promote the electric towboat in addition to other tasks.
He has more than 18 years of engineering, production, maintenance and sales experience. He graduated from Purdue University with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering technology and an associate degree in computer integrated manufacturing technology.
Bob Millerbaugh was recently welcomed by Scienco/FAST as its vice president of sales and marketing. In this role, Millerbaugh is responsible for sales and dealer/distributor management and development for the company’s FAST systems and marine sanitation devices.
He has several years of experience in sales and the marine industry. He most recently worked as a manager of equipment sales and leasing for Heartland Barge Management, and he also worked for the Coast Guard in engineering and marine safety and compliance.
Taylor Machine Works has hired John De Maarten as its senior sales manager for its international team. He has a background serving the needs of the heavy equipment and commercial truck industries throughout Latin America and the Caribbean.
Born in the Dutch Antilles, De Maarten is fluent in English, Spanish, Dutch and Papiamento.
McAllister Towing has appointed Alan Ginsberg as chief financial officer. Ginsberg, who currently serves as the treasurer of the Seamen’s Church Institute, is the founding chief financial officer of Eagle Bulk Shipping Inc.
Eric McAllister, the company’s former chief financial officer, will stay on as the firm’s treasurer.